In this meeting place of countless cultures, all seem to merge into a culinary tradition elevating the best of each; and in any given vineyard and on any given day, the techniques of world-class winemaking might include satellite monitoring, biodynamic agriculture, ancient spirituality, and regenerative ecology.
Balanced between tradition and modernity, the story of Israel’s wine is as rich as its interwoven cultural, culinary, and technological history. It is a land with a winemaking pedigree more than 5,000 years old that is still continuously redefining its identity, and what were once the great technologies of the ancient age—like wooden presses or resealable earthenware—are now no more than archaeological relics dug up from vineyards criss-crossed by the latest Israeli-invented drip irrigation system. And perhaps, many centuries from now, today’s cutting-edge tools may seem as antiquated to future Israeli winemakers as the great breakthrough that pottery must have seemed to those citizens of the distant past.
Still discovering its own contours and refining its flavors, Israel might just seem to be the least monolithic wine culture on Earth, one not defined by or limited to a singular wine, grape, style, blend, or region. Like the diversity of the country itself, its wine culture reflects a tapestry of interlocking sensibilities—and the story of Israel, much like that of its winemaking tradition, is as old as history itself.
Wines of Israel invites you to discover through this video series the regions, producers, cuisines, technologies, techniques, and traditions of Israeli wine. Looking east to where the Mediterranean begins, an entire new world of taste awaits.